Pastor David's Thought For The Week

by Pastor David Alexander
Pastor David's Thought For The Week

Commitments are a big deal. 
 
Commitments are what establish our priorities. They bring clarity to our highest aspirations. They establish the boundaries we all need to ensure we stay on what Jesus describes in Matthew chapter 7 as, “the narrow road that leads to life.” 
 
In so many ways the quality of our lives depends on our faithfulness to our commitments. 
 
It’s important to remember what you are committing to do, who you are committing to be and why you made a commitment in the first place. 
 
Author and theologian, N.T. Wright expresses one of the reasons this is so important. 
 
“With almost everything worthwhile there comes a moment when the initial energy drains away; the novelty of the project has worn off, and you have to make up your mind to go on despite the fact that at the moment it isn’t any fun any more.” 
 
When it comes to our commitments, initial enthusiasm is not enough. The ongoing challenge we all face in every commitment of our life is to finish the work
 
In this final weekend of our current series, Double Blessing, Pastor Shea and I will be focusing on those three words. The Apostle Paul says it this way in Galatians chapter 6. 
 
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

As we each prepare to make commitments this weekend to the mission and ministry that we will share in the coming year, I want to remind you that our mission statement of Making Disciples of Jesus Christ who Love God, Love Others and Serve the World, cannot be accomplished without the generosity of those who give.
 
As you have heard in each week of this series. 
 
Your generosity matters.
Your gifts matter.
Your giving matters.
 
May the blessings of God be multiplied as we press on, take that next step, and persist in faithfulness by committing ourselves again to double the blessing that God has poured into our lives.